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DWD Canada reported on the latest Ipsos-Reid Survey: it is the most comprehensive Canadian survey ever undertaken on the public’s perception of dying with dignity . With clear, neutral language and a sample size of 2500 Canadians.Some results:
De Einder (Dutch RtD Society) publishes its annual report 2013. This report shows an increase in numbers of clients who seek information: 472 in 2013 (in 2012: 310). Not all of those clients "use" the information to terminate their life immediately: only 14% (n=66) die after the information received from the counsellors. Most are > 65 years old, there are more women than men and the average number of contacts was 6 per client.
Recently new WFRtDS member Death with Dignity National Center published its fall 2014 Dignity Report. Read it here.
The Farewell Party, an Israeli film by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon is shown in Toronto Film Festival. Tal and Sharon wrote and directed this dark comedy about friends in a retirement community in Jerusalem who begin to explore the very difficult question of how to die with some peace and dignity. Yehzekel (Ze'ev Revach) is an inventor who is called upon to create
DWD V's 'winter 2014' Update newsletter, is available now on the DWDV website and can be seen here.
Australian top executive Peter Short - recently diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer, has written a letter to his colleagues from top 300 public companies, addressing the importance of dying with dignity laws and urging them to promote the issue.
In 2012 and 2013 3239 cases of euthanasia were reported to the Federal Evaluation and Control Commission. Since the implementation of the Act of 28 May 2002, the increase in the number of reported cases was gradual. But it "tends to escalate significantly since 2011", reports
Today NVVE, Dutch Right to Die Society, launches a large national public campaign to promote the familiarity with and use of Living Wills. The campaign is titled "Every day is a good day for your living will".
A group of Swiss and UK scientist have written a letter to the editor of The Lancet (Vol 384, issue 9938, page 127; 12 July 2014), suggesting a "solution" to decrease the rate of "euthanasia".
In a review they found that data from countries that allow both practices show that euthanasia occurs more frequently: